John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski says that he’s been working on a director’s cut of the sequel.
John Wick: Chapter 4 may have been the longest installment of the action franchise, but an even longer director’s cut could be on the way.
While speaking with ComicBookMovie.com, John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski confirmed that he’s been working on a longer version of the movie. “Yeah, I’ve been working on the Director’s Cut, the extended cut, which we’ve almost finished,” Stahelski said. “There’s about another, I think, 10 to 15 minutes we put back in.” As the sequel has already been released on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, it’s not clear when this director’s cut will be seen. Perhaps a theatrical re-release or franchise box set?
As for what fans could expect to see in the director’s cut of John Wick: Chapter 4, Chad Stahelski said, “We cut out a big chunk of Berlin, a whole character called The Frau, which is a pretty funny scene with John, and another scene between him and Tracker, a few other little action beats that we put back in.” The theatrical cut was already pushing three hours, but Stahelski knew some of it needed to go for the film to flow properly. “I mean, yeah, there’s always stuff we take out because it doesn’t fit the pacing,” he explained. “I think the stuff is all super quality, I love the choreo, I love the characters. It just didn’t – as a whole, it changed the pace of the film, and I didn’t think I could get, you know, two hour and 38 minute film in there if it felt slow. I think we got away with it because it felt driven, it felt like it was very purposeful, and I didn’t want to upset that pace. And, if it has to go, it has to go.“
John Wick: Chapter 4 followed John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as he uncovers a path to defeating the High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.
In addition to John Wick: Chapter 4, we’ve got several John Wick-related projects in the works. The first John Wick spinoff will be Ballerina, which will star Ana de Armas as a young woman with killer skills who sets out to get revenge when hitmen kill her family. Reeves is set to appear in the spinoff among other John Wick supporting characters. There’s also The Continental, a three-night special-event TV series that will explore “the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, a centerpiece of the John Wick universe, through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (Colin Woodell) who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the New York’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel, which serves as the meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.” The Continental will debut on Peacock this September.
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